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AIB's Tanmay Bhatt, Gursimran Khamba step away amid sexual allegations row

Sify 2018-10-08 17:17:00

In light of the allegations of misconduct against AIB's (All India Bakchod) founding members Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba, the comedy collective announced on Monday that Tanmay will be stepping down as CEO until further notice and Gursimran Khamba will take a leave of absence.


Statement pic.twitter.com/KR5tM2sYuX

— All India Bakchod (@AllIndiaBakchod) October 8, 2018

Last week, comedian Utsav Chakraborty, who was a member of AIB until 2016, was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women who have come out about their experiences on social media.

In an earlier statement, AIB accepted that Tanmay Bhat had knowledge of the accusations, and that he was informed of the harassment meted out by him to a woman who had confided in Tanmay.


“Tanmay Bhat received specific, detailed allegations about him in a private and personal conversation. Tanmay confronted Utsav in a personal capacity - which led to Utsav calling the victim, leading to further harassment,” they had said.


A statement ; We're sorry pic.twitter.com/Lpa9HKyORb

— All India Bakchod (@AllIndiaBakchod) October 5, 2018

Another anonymous survivor accused Gursimran Khamba of sexual harassment incident in 2015 and 2016. On two separate occasions, he made unwelcome advances and she had to forcefully push him away. Later, he started to call her when intoxicated, threatened to ruin friendships, and emotionally blackmailed and emotionally abused for almost five months.


Gursimran Khamba from @AllIndiaBakchod. The survivor wishes to stay anonymous. #MeToo #TimesUp #BelieveHer pic.twitter.com/B9PTYJT8LE

— hk {on a hiatus} (@PedestrianPoet) October 8, 2018

Khamba has released a statement apologising for his behaviour but denied parts of the allegations.